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  • Napoli president reveals why he rejected...

    Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed why the club rejected a €55 million (£47m) bid from Chelsea for defender Kalidou Koulibaly. The Senegal international joined Napoli from Belgian side Genk in 2014 for a fee of around £6.5m, but has seen his asking price increas...

    Napoli president reveals why he rejected Chelsea's €55m Koulibaly bid

    Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed why the club rejected a €55 million (£47m) bid from Chelsea for defender Kalidou Koulibaly. The Senegal international joined Napoli from Belgian side Genk in 2014 for a fee of around £6.5m, but has seen his asking price increase dramatically after a string of impressive performance under manager Maurizio Sarri. Deadly Diego back to kill Spurs's dreams Koulibaly's form had attracted the attentions of Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, but Napoli were unwilling to sell the 25-year-old to the Premier League club without first having adequate replacements at the back. "Chelsea had offered €55m, but I told Conte that I could not give him up without first having a worthy substitute," De Laurentiis told beIN Sports. "[I will not sell him] unless Sarri tells me: 'I have Tom, Dick and Harry who are reliable: you give up who you want'." Koulibaly is contracted to Napoli until 2021, but the player's agent indicated earlier this month that a transfer to Chelsea could still be on the cards. “Chelsea were interested but then they signed David Luiz and you also have John Terry and Gary Cahill at the club so there is a lot of competition there,” Bruno Satin told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli. “So we will see what happens. A lot of the improvements that Koulibaly has made in his game have been down to the coaching of Maurizio Sarri. Man Utd master Herrera as good as Kante “Whatever happens in the future will depend on the president and whether or not he decides to evaluate any offers that may come in.”

  • 'Roma can achieve great things' - Serie ...

    New Roma sporting director Monchi has expressed his desire to transform the Serie A club into one Europe's elite sides. Monchi spent his entire playing career at Sevilla before taking over as the club's sporting director in 2000, but the 48-year-old left his post in April. Sevi...

    'Roma can achieve great things' - Serie A club can join Europe's elite, claims Monchi

    New Roma sporting director Monchi has expressed his desire to transform the Serie A club into one Europe's elite sides. Monchi spent his entire playing career at Sevilla before taking over as the club's sporting director in 2000, but the 48-year-old left his post in April. Sevilla enjoyed a period of great success during Monchi's tenure, including five Europa League titles and two Copa del Rey triumphs, and although Monchi was strongly linked to several high-profile clubs across the continent, he decided on a move to the Italian capital. WATCH: Roma's slick breakaway goal "I believe Roma have already built a lot," Monchi told Roma's official website. "All we have to do is add to that and I believe that with good planning, the right personnel and infrastructure, we can achieve great things. "The goal is to try to consolidate Roma not only at the top of Italian football, but also in the elite of European football. "I believe this club is perfectly suited to the way I work. It's an ambitious club that wants to grow and compete for major honours.  "This is a wonderful city and the club have a huge fanbase. I believe we have everything we need to do a good job." An American group fronted by Boston businessman Thomas DiBenedetto completed a takeover of Roma in 2011, though they have yet to win a major trophy under the current owners. Roma have finished second in Italy's top-flight behind Juventus twice in the last four seasons, however, and are on course to repeat that feat this term. But Monchi has emphasised the need for patience, stating that it will take time to replicate the model he had in place at Sevilla. Roma look at Liverpool's Sakho "Planning is very important in the workplace. At Sevilla, we all contributed to building a model which grew over time and secured unimaginable results," Monchi, who has signed a four-year deal at Roma, added. "The short-term goal is for me to get settled here and learn about the club's identity and philosophy. "Then, [incumbent sporting director] Ricky Massara and I have to create the most professional football department possible because that's what I believe is one of the secrets to future success.  "If the fans are pleased with the job I do in the future, that would be the best recognition I could receive."

  • Pogba might regret leaving Juventus for ...

    Andrea Barzagli believes Paul Pogba might regret his decision to leave Juventus for Manchester United after his former club's fine performances this season. Ronaldo issues support to Zlatan Pogba left Turin for Old Trafford in a record-breaking transfer ahead of the 2016-17 cam...

    Pogba might regret leaving Juventus for Man Utd - Barzagli

    Andrea Barzagli believes Paul Pogba might regret his decision to leave Juventus for Manchester United after his former club's fine performances this season. Ronaldo issues support to Zlatan Pogba left Turin for Old Trafford in a record-breaking transfer ahead of the 2016-17 campaign but has failed to live up to his price tag since returning to Manchester. Juventus face Monaco in the semi-finals of the Champions League, meet Lazio in the Coppa Italia final and are on track to win their sixth consecutive Serie A title. Barzagli acknowledges Pogba could not have foreseen Juventus' European success but believes their run to the last four could be tinged with regret for the France international. "I saw Pogba the other day via video chat. He was happy that we reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and is cheering for us," Barzagli told Tuttosport. Bale more Kaka than Cristiano "Whoever leaves this group will always be part of it. Our biggest strength over the past few years has always been the team. "On the other hand he would surely have liked to be there. "But they are decisions you make. Nobody can expect to leave and then see your team reach the final four of the Champions League next season." Pogba, meanwhile, has already lifted the EFL Cup with United and is still in the race for Europa League glory.

  • 'I don't feel I'm worth €100m' - Arsenal...

    Torino forward Andrea Belotti has admitted he does not think he is worth the €100 million asking price his club have set for him. The Serie A side previously revealed they had turned down a bid from Arsenal for the striker, and demand that any potential suitor pay a massive fee ...

    'I don't feel I'm worth €100m' - Arsenal target Belotti plays down price tag

    Torino forward Andrea Belotti has admitted he does not think he is worth the €100 million asking price his club have set for him. The Serie A side previously revealed they had turned down a bid from Arsenal for the striker, and demand that any potential suitor pay a massive fee to prise him from Turin. Xavi tips Man City to make big Alli bid Despite scoring 25 goals for Torino this season and leading the race for Serie A's top scorer, Belotti has played down his proposed fee. "I honestly do not feel that I am worth so much," the 23-year-old told Tiki Taka. "In football, however, the figures have increased dramatically, and the values of the players have gone through the roof." Belotti is neck-and-neck with Roma's Edin Dzeko on 25 goals this season, with Mauro Icardi and Gonzalo Higuain also close behind as Serie A enters its final weeks. The Torino forward is hopeful he can beat Dzeko to the top scorer award but is taking nothing for granted. Hazard: I need more goals to reach Messi "It 's hard duel with striker Edin Dzeko and Mauro Icardi, they both can score two or three goals per game," the Italy international said.  "We need to stay focused and take every opportunity because nobody gives away anything."

  • Roma seal deal for Sevilla sporting dire...

    Roma have confirmed the appointment of Monchi as their new sporting director. The Spaniard – celebrated for his work in La Liga with Sevilla over the past two decades – has signed a four-year contract, with an option for a fifth year. Monchi will begin working in the Italian ca...

    Roma seal deal for Sevilla sporting director Monchi

    Roma have confirmed the appointment of Monchi as their new sporting director. The Spaniard – celebrated for his work in La Liga with Sevilla over the past two decades – has signed a four-year contract, with an option for a fifth year. Monchi will begin working in the Italian capital with immediate effect, having been long linked to the Serie A club. Emery denies Roma reports "I would like to thank Roma president Jim Pallotta and the club's executive team for giving me this opportunity," the 48-year-old former goalkeeper told Roma's official website. "This is an exciting project and I look forward to serving the supporters, staff and players at this iconic club for many years to come." Monchi spent his entire playing career with Sevilla and became sporting director shortly after being appointed to the club's management staff in 2000. During a tenure famed for shrewd transfer-market dealings, Sevilla won a record five Europa Leagues, including three in succession between 2014 and 2016, two Copa del Reys, the Supercopa de Espana and the UEFA Super Cup. Contrasting fortunes of £134m men He was also instrumental in bringing in current head coach Jorge Sampaoli, who has been linked to the vacant post with the Argentina national team since it was announced Monchi would leave Sevilla at the end of March. "I couldn't be happier with this appointment as Monchi is widely regarded as one of the best minds in world football," Pallotta said.

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